It's easy to think of foodies as gourmet snobs who insist that all their olive oil be extra virgin, their bread made by artisan bakers and their chocolates imported from Belgium.

But not all foodies care about all foodstuffs. That is, they're not equal-opportunity snobs but ones with specific areas of interest and expertise.

Some have a sweet tooth. Some have a savory one.

With that in mind, here are last-minute gift suggestions for a half-dozen distinct types of foodies.

We've included items available in stores as well as those that must be ordered by mail -- keep in mind the cutoff dates for holiday delivery with the latter (and be prepared to pay shipping surcharges, although that's standard with perishables in any case). Many mail-order merchants will also give you the option of ordering a gift certificate up until the true last minute.

For the java junkie: Yes, it's the most familiar name in high-end coffee, but that makes Starbucks ( SBUX)all the better an option for holiday shopping (i.e., they're everywhere). The gift options are many, from a cool set of espresso shot glasses in a chrome carrier ($12.95) to a newly released espresso blend, Espresso Regalo ($8.95 per half pound).

For those java lovers with a sentimental streak, Mr. Coffee has come out with a Classic Edition Programmable Coffeemaker ($90) to mark the brand's 35th anniversary -- it does a good job brewing a cup of joe, plus it has such features as backlit ambient lighting and a top cup rack for storing your mugs. Conversely, if you're looking for something new in coffee brewing, consider the single-cup machines, which are becoming very popular: Breville has a new Gourmet Single Cup Brewer ($300), that has lots of, well, perks -- a built-in water filtration system, a 60-ounce tank (good for 10 cups) and a starter kit of 18 "K-Cups" (the machine uses Keurig-style coffees).

Finally, if you prefer your java in an altogether different form, consider a coffee "bar" -- namely, Caffe Acapella's (610-450-4590) bars made from coffee beans and cocoa butter ($3 to $4). They look like your typical chocolate bar, but they taste like an eye-opening, sweetened shot of espresso (actually, they come in a variety of flavors, from "Espresso Serenade" to "Cappuccino Connoisseur"); they're available both by mail and in many grocery stores and coffee shops.

For the chocoholic: There are almost too many choices in this category, but if you want to make a big statement -- literally -- consider the Heavy Chocolate candy bar (800-551-6831) ($50). True to its name, it weighs 10 pounds. But we're talking 10 pounds of quality stuff -- in this case, from the acclaimed San Francisco chocolate maker Guittard. It comes in varieties, from Dutch-style milk to white chocolate.

For the barbecue fanatic: You can buy the ribs. You can buy the rubs. But where can you buy the love? For that, you might want to buy your barbecue buff a copy of Mike Mills' "Peace, Love & Barbecue" ($20; Rodale Books) a great tome of tales on the barbecue trail (Mills is a three-time barbecue grand champion on the competition circuit). Recipes are included, but the book is really about the culture of 'cue. It's available in stores and through , among other online sources.

For those who long for a taste from home, New York-style: Zabar's (800-697-6301) is a legend among New York foodies for its smoked salmon, prepared foods, chocolate babka -- you name it. The gourmet emporium has several packages that essentially deliver the city to your doorstep.

Our favorite is the Zabar's Is New York Box ($198), which has the aforementioned items, plus much, much more, from cinnamon rugelach to kosher salami.

But if you've got an ex-New Yorker who's also a pizza lover on our list -- and trust us, all New Yorkers are pizza lovers -- then consider a pie or two from (516-884-7772). The taste and texture are definitely authentic, and the pies are priced as low as $12.99 (though shipping adds a considerable amount to the cost). The company also offers a "New York State of Mind" package ($25) that combines pizza and bagels, another NYC essential.

For those who long for a taste from home, Chicago-style: What bagels and pizza are to New Yorkers, hot dogs and pizza (deep dish, that is) are to Chicagoans. For the former, Vienna Beef offers a Chicago-style "Hot Dog Stand in a Box" kit ($74.95) that delivers the true Windy City experience -- dogs, poppy-seed buns, sport peppers, even that neon-green relish. (If you really want to splurge, there's an "ultimate" version for $695 that comes with a hot-dog cart!) For the latter, Lou Malnati's (800-568-8646), a big name in Chicago pizza, is the way to go; a four-pizza package runs $75.

For the health-conscious: Fruit is always a good gift for those who want to eat right. And Harry & David's fruit -- particularly, its world-famous amazingly juicy pears -- still ranks right at the very top in our books. You can get the pears in lots of different assortments, but we're partial to the "Organic Cream of the Crop" package of mega-sized pears that weigh nearly a pound each ($42).

And in an altogether different vein, there's shrimp, particularly wild-caught shrimp, which are said to have a higher amount of natural vitamins and other good stuff -- think omega-3 fatty acids -- than the farm-raised variety. Mariah Jade Shrimping Co. has a holiday gift package ($144) that includes 10 pounds of frozen wild American shrimp -- straight from the dock, they promise -- with Cajun seasonings and holiday recipes.
Charles Passy is a Florida-based writer who covers food, travel, entertainment and consumer culture and products.